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The Italian Job (1969)

Michael Caine , Noel Coward , Peter Collinson  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone, Tony Beckley
  • Directors: Peter Collinson
  • Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
  • Producers: Michael Deeley, Robert Porter, Stanley Baker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHPB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Italian Job" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by producer Michael Deeley and Matthew Field, author of "The Making of The Italian Job"
  • 3 "Making of" Documentaries
  • Deleted Scene with commentary by Matthew Field

Editorial Reviews

A spectacular robbery of gold bullion in Turin is masterminded by an older gentleman from a British prison where he is lord of all he surveys.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
A double feature was recently offered on cable TV that allowed me to view "The Italian Job" twice - the 1969 version with Michael Caine and the 2003 version. The two films have little in common except a gold bullion robbery, 4 million dollars worth in 1969, and 27 million in 2003, to allow for the decreasing value of the dollar and bigger and better ways to spend it! I enjoyed the 2003 thriller but the older film is really an excellent comedy. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to see it, because I missed it, and lots of laughs, the first time around.
"The Italian Job" (1969) is a campy caper packed with 1960s nostalgia. There are enough gadgets and girls in this film to make even James Bond content, although Bond would never work with the bumbling, quirky characters that Michael Caine, called Charlie Croker here, is forced to deal with. The film opens with a choreographed hit by the Italian Mafia. The choreography could have been done for the June Taylor Dancers. It's a riot! Anyway, Roger Beckerman, a brilliant thief, is murdered because he had masterminded a potential heist to take place in Turin, Italy, involving millions of dollars of Chinese gold bullion. Beckerman leaves a tape for Charlie Croker, who has just been released from a British prison. The video tape, to be viewed in the event of Beckerman's death, explains the entire caper and offers Charlie the opportunity to do the job. Charlie gets the funding for the project from Mr. Bridger, played by a wonderfully comic Noel Coward. Bridger is an inmate of the prison where Charlie had spent the last few years and he rules the UK underworld like a king, from his jail cell, with guards and inmates paying him homage.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all movies be like this? April 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the finest heist films ever committed to celluloid. This is one of the finest ensemble performances assembled. This is, without question, one of the finest films of its genre.
Michael Caine is, as always, smooth and calculating and funny in his subtle, English way. The heist and the set up to the heist are handled brilliantly. I am a longtime fan of all heist films and this has to be, alongside "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3", the best. From Caine's dead associate talking to him from beyond the grave on reels of black and white film...outlining the whole heist....to the flawless execution of the plan, the pure excitement of the chase scene (The BEST CAR CHASE SCENE EVER)and the twists and turns and even the theme song....everything is pure magnificence.
Oh man. Get this movie. Love this movie. Cherish this movie and then watch it again and again.
Never before have you seen the things you'll see in this movie. NEVER.
I fear that any review I give will be more convoluted and uninforming than actually watching this movie. So that is what you must do. I guarantee you will be grinning from ear to ear and dancing that happy dance you dance when you discover a film as good as this one....
thank your lucky stars...
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Preservation Society! December 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is the movie that defined the word, 'Classic'.
Michael Caine plays Charlie who's just been released from prison. Rather than trying to keep on the straight and narrow, he immediately embarks on trying to steal gold bullion from the Italian's. He gets the backing of Mr. Bridger, London's head of crime, who's in prison himself.
To help him carry out the plan, he gathers together an array of colourful people including Benny Hill as the clever professor who has a penchant for big women.
Add to the mix three Mini Cooper's as the unlikely get away cars and you're in for a fun filled, action packed film that sees Charlie and his gang trying to outrun both the police and the Mafia.
The build up to the heist is interesting and funny but the unique get away at the end is the scene stealer. Through underground sewers and subways, down church steps, through rivers and up to the very rooftops, it's gripping and highly entertaining. I think anyone that watches the film will just yearn to have a Mini Cooper afterwards.
Of course, the cliff hanger of an ending just fits so perfectly too.
To add; I also think the soundtrack is great and the film produced one of the most, if not THE, memorable quote of all time from Michael Caine when he sees the truck explode into thousands of pieces during a practice run and then turns to the unfortunate explosives 'expert' and says, "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off."
Mr. Caine has said that he still has people come up to him in the street and say that to him, even now!
To conlcude, The Italian Job is very patriotic, even the cars are red, white and blue, and I think it's the masterpiece for all British classic's.
So, "get your skates on, mate" and buy it now - your collection is lacking if this film isn't a part of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on...did they REALLY need to re-make this? December 11, 2004
Format:DVD
It is true that original ideas in Hollywood are even rarer than lasting show-biz marriages, but the remake of the '60's British classic "The Italian Job" stands out as the glaring example of the industry trying to pass off flash and flair in the guise of eye-candy actors and high-tech special effects in place of the human elements of acting chemistry and film craftsmanship.

The 1969 version of "The Italian Job" succeeded on so many levels; it was a fantastic film that was well-indicative of its time (the afterglow of the sexual revolution as well as the London fashion boom seen recently only on a second-hand basis from the Austin Powers movies in addition to Ing-er-lund's winning of the 1966 World Cup, British hipsters could actually display the Union Jack and sing "Rule, Britannia", unthinkable for the UK apologists of today) as well as a crime caper with a decidely different twist to the wit of say, the Rat Pack version of "Ocean's 11". And the distinctly European take on the car chase already iconocized in Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" demonstrated by the use of the ORIGINAL bumper-to-bumper crumple zoned Mini Coopers as opposed to the full-throated Detoit muscle flexed by "Bullitt"'s Dodge Charger and Ford Mustang is ably accentuated by some of the best stunt driving seen in a generation among some of the most beautifully picturesque backdrops in the world.

This is an admittedly dated, though terrifically quirky and extremely fun movie to watch. It's a fine example of why Michael Caine was one of the most charming actors of his generation and another example of what a movie can be when given over to human inspiration and creativity as opposed to a cookie-cutter script handed over to an overzealous special effects department.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "original" Italian Job
Having owned two Minis fro British Leyland, this is the best chase scene ever (as far as Minis are concerned).
Published 12 days ago by Trevor D Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Michael Caine british comedy
Don't bother with the remake, it may have some action, but has none of the originality or humor.
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Published 16 days ago by Douglas Millhoff
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated yet quirky, but it just never really 'gelled'. 3 'Meh' stars.
So, this is the original, and I just saw the remake several days ago. I am not going to make comments on how much better or worse this one was in comparison. Read more
Published 18 days ago by dlrife1965
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Not like the latest one that they made, but very similar. I can say that this one to me was much funnier. If you liked the new incarnation I believe you will like this original.
Published 26 days ago by scennimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun-filled 60's kitsch in a pristine transfer
Michael Caine's reputation was built on a series of performances playing the lovable bastard - The Italian Job being the prime example. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Nick Zegarac
3.0 out of 5 stars Great action film with lots of surprise twists.
Great film with lots of twists in the plot. The traffic jam antics were really good. I would really like to have seen a different ending, one where they once again surprise you and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Car Movie
I watched the current version of this movie and had to get this 1969 version. This movie is kinda like the Bullet movie, in that the movie plot is secondary to the car action... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched the 2003 version and then this one
Watched the 2003 version and then this one. Enjoyed both movies. Women have come a long way since 1969. Loved the ending!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best
Anyone rating the 2003 remake over this brilliant original movie has no soul. I'd go so far as to suggest only gingers and morons prefer the joyless remake over this classic.
Published 1 month ago by P. McCluskey
2.0 out of 5 stars Corny
Very hoakie and gets pretty ridiculous at the end. Tries unsuccessfully to be funny. Could barely make it through to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Midwest MTB'er
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